13 best free Android photo apps

13 best free Android photo apps

Although probably not quite as ubiquitous as the iPhone or iPad, there are nevertheless plenty of hot Android photo apps that are just as good as those designed for Apple devices. And the good news is, there’s lots of great apps photo apps for Android that cost you nothing at all to download – here we take a look at the best of the free apps currently available.

13 best free photography apps for iPhone

13 best free photography apps for iPhone

The best camera is the one you have on you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the snapper in your pocket. Apple’s iPhone is the most widely used “camera” on Flickr, while the number of photography apps has probably reached the thousands by now. But you don’t have to shell out hard earned cash (or iTunes credit) to pimp out your iPhone, as we take a look at the best free photography apps for iPhone right here.

How to add flare in Photoshop for a cool retro photography look

How to add flare in Photoshop for a cool retro photography effect

These days, we try to avoid lower contrast and flare, but it’s part of the charm of most retro photography. However, achieving flare is quite a hard effect to replicate unless you’re shooting in ideal light conditions, with the sun in, or close to the edge of, the frame. To save time and effort, here’s how to add a convincing flare effect in Photoshop Elements.

Split toning in Photoshop: get a two-tone effect without all the chemicals

Split toning in Photoshop

In the traditional darkroom, split tone effects are applied to images using a combination of chemicals to tint different tonal areas, such as the shadows or the highlights. This effect can be recreated in the digital darkroom by using this very simple method for split toning in Photoshop.

Recreate a film contact sheet in Photoshop

Recreate a film contact sheet in Photoshop

In the days of the darkroom, film would be chopped into fours or sixes then lined up and used to create a contact sheet. In most cases, this served as a useful overview of the roll of film, but there are more creative possibilities. We can achieve similar results in Photoshop from a single image by making a duplicate layer for each contact sheet window to recreate the effect of an old film contact sheet.

7 editing secrets of retro photography

7 editing secrets of retro photography: Add borders

In this age of flawless digital photography, there’s something irresistible about the retro photography and analogue Photoshop effects that hark back to the days when imperfection was all part of the charm. In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll dissect and analyse the different effects that make up this popular retro photography look.

6 traditional darkroom techniques you can recreate with Photoshop toning

Toning in Photoshop: 6 traditional darkroom methods you can bring back to life

Do you miss the days of the wet darkroom? Or rather, do you not miss that awful smell of chemicals but you long for some of effects you could create using your old traditional darkroom techniques? Here are six Photoshop effects based on traditional darkroom processes you can use to make retro-styled images

Recreate the super-saturated look of Fuji Velvia in Photoshop

Recreate the Fuji Velvia look in Photoshop: Step 4

F uji Velvia film was only introduced in 1990, but with its super-saturated colours, fine-grain and sharpness it quickly changed the look of landscape and nature photography.

There were several films that could match some of these characteristics, but it soon became the film of choice for many landscape and nature photographers who wanted to give their shots maximum impact.

Here, we’ll show you how to recreate the look of this iconic film to improve a digital landscape shot.